We wanted to share a pair of things that aren’t explicitly Apt. 9 related, but that do overlap and that we do care about.
First, Leigh Nash, who Apt. 9 was lucky enough to publish in the spring (copies still available here), recently saw the publication of her first trade poetry collection. Goodbye, Ukulele comes from Mansfield Press in Toronto under the newly established “a stuart ross book” imprint. We think Leigh is just great, and it’s a thrill to see Landforms reinvited inside the pages of Goodbye, Ukulele. The book was launched in Toronto this month, and we can only hope that we see her (and the Mansfield gang) in Ottawa before too long. So go to your local independent bookstore and buy or order yourself a copy, you won’t regret it. Congratulations Leigh!
Second, CKCU (at Carleton University) is currently launching their annual funding drive. The station is nearly entirely volunteer run, and works to raise enough money to sustain itself for each year during the Fall. Christine McNair, who co-hosts the show Literary Landscapes with Neil Wilson, David O’Meara and Kate Hunt, had Apt. 9 on in August to talk about the small press world. Not to play favourites, but Literary Landscapes is a wonderful weekly source of small press talk in a public form, and we think it should be supported in all ways possible. So, consider donating!
Pledges can be called in from 8am-10pm until Nov 7th at (613) 520-3920 or (1) 877-520-3920 and you can make a secure online donation as well: https://www.ckcufm.com/secure/pledge/. If you donate, like we believe you should, do indicate that you’re pledging in support of Literary Landscapes. Let CKCU know that the community listens and cares.
In other news, the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair was an overwhelming success at our little table. We sold out of Michael Dennis’ how are you she innocently asked, are down to a single copy of Ben Ladouceur’s The Argossey, and are much lower in stock of the two William Hawkins titles and Peter Gibbon’s eating thistles than we’d ever hoped. Send us an email if you’re interested in any of these books before they’re gone! We should have some form of online store up and running in the near future, but in the meantime books can still be purchased the old fashioned way directly from our hands, or through the mail.
Photos of the fair below, from the lovely Jennifer Huzera.